Chapter 32. Diverticular Disease

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine2,3,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist4 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6
  1. Tonya Kaltenbach MD Staff Physician1 and
  2. Roy Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch32

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Kaltenbach, T. and Soetikno, R. (2008) Diverticular Disease, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch32

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 3

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 4

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Veteran Affairs, Palo Alto, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

  2. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  3. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • diverticular disease;
  • complicated diverticulitis;
  • diverticular hemorrhage;
  • abrupt, voluminous, painless hematochezia;
  • intestinal obstruction - uncommon in diverticulitis;
  • surgical single-stage fistula closure with resection of diseased colon and anastomosis;
  • recurrent episodes of subclinical diverticulitis and progressive fibrosis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Diverticulitis

  • Complicated diverticulitis

  • Diverticular hemorrhage

  • Further reading